A 2017 graduate of the prestigious Duncan of Jordanstone Art School in Dundee, Alice Campbell embodies all that is great about the true resurgence in British contemporary painting. Inventive, skilled, mature and aesthetically exciting, Alice's work has both the energy you'd expect from a immediate post-art school artistic life and the maturity to recognise influences and produce something truly unique in itself.
Based in Edinburgh, Alice could almost be described as a latter-day Scottish Colourist; her ability to deploy strong colour whilst avoiding distraction and confusion shows a maturity and talent beyond her years.
Awards to-date include:
Alexander Graham Munro Travel Award, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, 2018
Ninewells Hospital Radiology Art Prize, Dundee, 2017
Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour invited artist for the ‘Student Award’, 2017
John Kinross Scholarship, Royal Scottish Academy, 2017. Award based in Florence, Italy, October – December, 2017.
Watermark Award, presented by the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, 2015
RSA John Kinross Scholarship group show, Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh, 2018
RSW open exhibition, Edinburgh, 2018
Gallery Heinzel, New Faces exhibition, Aberdeen, 2017
DJCAD degree show, 2017
‘Sneaky Peeks’, DJCAD reception, Dundee, 2017
‘Multi’, DJCAD reception, Dundee, 2017
Higher Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen (N.Ireland), 2016
‘Selection Box’, Tin Roof, Dundee, 2016
Laurel Gallery, Edinburgh, 2016
Velvet Easel, Edinburgh, 2016
RSW open exhibition, 2015
Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show, Edinburgh 2014/15
Royal Scottish Academy Collection
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art Collection, (University of Dundee)
Ninewells Hospital Art Collection, Dundee
Threadneedle Prize finalist David Storey is a British figurative painter. His psychologically charged paintings are about memory, with half-remembered people and places emerging from complex layers of texture and colour.
David says, 'Personally, I find working with memory very therapeutic as well as creatively invaluable. I become haunted by the image I'm developing and it's tremendously satisfying when I manage to get the milky idea from the back of my mind onto the canvas.'
"My paintings are an exploration of memory. They offer glimpsed or half-remembered figures and faces – 're-imagined ancestors' recovered from a personal archive of the forgotten.
I come from West Cumbria, which is a bleak coastal plain, welded onto the side of the Lake District. The municipal buildings and churches are mainly Victorian and built of sand stone that turns black when it rains... and it rains an awful lot there. This melancholy and primordial world of black buildings, rain, sea and mountains in which I grew up is the one that I paint.
Wherever possible I paint using my fingers, palette knives and rags instead of brushes, I achieve a much more expressive result and find I can create a fuller range of tones, colours, textures and lines working this way"
Born: 1954, Workington, Cumbria
1996 - 96 Slade School of Art, Summer School
1973 - 76 Middlesex University, BA honours degree, art & design
1972 - 73 Hornsey Art College, Foundation Course
1967 - 72 St. Bees School, Cumbria
1995 - present: Artist.
1986 - 94 Artist/designer, The Bureaux
1991 - 92 External Assessor Croydon Art College
1987 - 90 Visiting lecturer Central St. Martins, London
1983 - 85 Art Director, Chrysalis Records and 2-Tone Records
1979 - 82 Designer, Chrysalis Records and 2-Tone Records
1977 - 79 Designer, Rocket Records
Not only one of only eighty members of the Royal Academy of Arts but also until 2017, the first female Keeper of the Royal Academy in its almost 250 year history, Eileen is one of the foremost names in British contemporary art. As Keeper, Eileen was in charge of the RA Schools, a prestigious position she held from 2010.
Born in Glossop in 1953, Eileen Cooper studied at the prestigious Goldsmiths College, subsequently studying painting at the Royal College of Art. Gaining commercial and critical success from the 1980s, Eileen began and has continued to teach at many of the most well respected institutions, including St Martins School of Arts, the Royal College of Art and, as mentioned, as head of the RA Schools, in her capacity of Keeper.
Instantly recognisable, Eileen’s work clearly displays a female perspective, covering a multitude of themes, including motherhood, sexuality, transition and death. Her works span a multitude of disciplines, from painting in oil and watercolour, to printmaking through lino and woodcut, to drawing and collage.
Hide and Seek, a highly successful solo exhibition, was held in 2015 at the Royal Academy of Arts, coinciding with the publication of a book by Martin Gayford, "Between the Lines", covering four decades of Eileen's work.
In June 2016, it was announced that Eileen had received an OBE for services to art.
A short film of Eileen in her studio may be seen here
One of the most internationally lauded of living artists, Frank Auerbach was born in Germany in 1931, however, in 1939 his parents sent him to England to escape the Nazis as part of the Kindertransport Programme. Even at a young age, his artistic ability was evident. He went on to study at St Martin’s School of Art in London from 1948 to 1952. After that he studied at the Royal College of Art in London from 1952 to 1955.
Auerbach’s work is focused mainly on scenes in and around his home in London and landscapes of Camden Town. His portraits usually feature friends and people close to him, such as his wife, Julia and the professional model, Juliet Yardley Mills (usually referred to as J. Y. M. in titles). A major monograph was published on Frank Auerbach in 2009, with a TV documentary, To the Studio, in 2002
His paintings of the 1950’s and 1960’s are characterised by heavy impasto and earth colours, giving way more recently to vivid colours to depict subject and place. The power and creative tension in his drawings is equally apparent in his rare, but carefully considered etchings.
The subject of a major 2015/16 solo retrospective exhibition at Tate London, Frank Auerbach is an internationally acclaimed painter and currently lives and works in London. His works are held in many of the world's most prestigious public and private museums and collections.
Born in 1934 in Sheffield, Hoyland studied at the Sheffield School of Art (1951-56) and then the Royal Academy (1956-60) and went on to teach at the Slade and Royal Academy art Schools. John Hoyland's artistic development in the 1960s ran parallel with the Abstract Expressionists in America. Hoyland was interested in their work and ethos, moving to New York in 1964. In London he had had a series of one man shows in a variety of well know galleries including the Whitechapel and Waddington.
Hoyland's prints like his canvases are rich in colour and bold in composition. Though they may appear spontaneous, much preparation and thought is given to the balance of colour and form. For every colour in the print a separate stencil is created through which paint is pushed; gradually building up layers to complete the image, necessitating a great deal of forethought. The compositions generally focus on a central cell-like element; this gives the work a definitive structure and focus as well suggesting a biological/natural/stellar form.
Hoyland’s first solo show took place at the Marlborough New London Gallery in 1964. This was followed by a series of national and international solo exhibitions, including the Whitechapel Gallery, London. He showcased his work at the Waddington Galleries throughout the 1970s and 1980s; and a retrospective of his work was held at the Serpentine Gallery in 1979 and again in 1999 in the Sackler Galleries. Hoyland’s work has also been included in numerous international group exhibitions from 1964, when his work was selected for the New Generation exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, London. More recently he had participated in group exhibitions at the Tate Gallery, Liverpool and the Barbican Gallery, London in 1993, and at Galerie Josine Bokhoven in Amsterdam in 1994.
Hoyland received many awards throughout his career, including the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Purchase Award; a Peter Stuyvesant travel bursary; he was a Prize Winner at the John Moore’s Liverpool Exhibition in 1964 and won First Prize in 1982; he received an Arts Council purchase award; joint first prize with William Scott in the Korn Ferry International and first prize of the Athena Art Award in 1987. In 1998 he won the Wollaston Award for the most distinguished work in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
John Hoyland passed away in July 2011 at the age of 76. His contributions to British contemporary art have been revolutionary and have had great influence on younger generations of artists.
Richard Cook possesses an ability to work with paint and charcoal, exercised over multiple decades, which stands him out as one of the most talented artists at work in the UK today.
Born in Cheltenham 1947, Richard Cook studied at St Martins School of Art (1966-70) and then the Royal Academy of Arts (1970-73). He was tutored by Leon Kossoff and in the early 1970’s Richard shared a studio with Kossoff, creating incredible impasto portraits under the influence of his tutor, works which command attention and acclaim almost five decades later.
To develop and mature as an artist without influence, Richard moved to Newlyn in Cornwall to be closer to what inspired him as a child – nature. Here, Richard started to create large canvas landscapes, using his hands to energetically create form, most often from a sketch or memory. An image is produced rather quickly, sometimes within minutes, and Richard then considers more carefully the detail of the image, drawing from memories and feeling rather than sight, always using his hands to create and recreate his works. In an interview for the Tate, Richard described his work as being ‘a response, different to the actual thing’ and this is fundamentally evident in the work we see today, either latterly created or those of decades past; each having a power and fluidity to draw the viewer in time and time again.
In 2001 Richard achieved further critical acclaim when the subject of a solo show at Tate St Ives, a short Tate film may be viewed HERE
We are proud to be working with Richard Cook
Stephen Chambers is one of the most critically acclaimed and respected artists at work in the UK today. A member of the Royal Academy of Arts, Stephen Chambers studied at Winchester School of Art from 1978 to 1979 and then at St Martin's School of Art, London from 1979 to 1982.
Graduating with a Masters from Chelsea School of Art in 1983, Stephen Chambers won many scholarships and awards, including a Rome Scholarship, a Fellowship at Winchester School of Art, and a Mark Rothko Memorial Trust Travelling Award.
Through both paint and printmaking, Stephen’s work often flows from the figurative to the abstract, with narrative both subtle and overt. His work is held in many of the most high profile public and private collections, with exhibitions staged internationally, including the Royal Academy of Arts, London.
Born in Wallasey in 1953, Edward was to become one of the most talented of UK studio potters.
Studying firstly at Cardiff School of Art, and thence the Bath Academy at Corsham Court, Edward was to follow up with a period working with the legendary Ray Finch at Winchcombe Pottery, in Gloucestershire.
Obtaining a Japanese government scholarship in the late 1970s, Edward was to spend almost two years at art school in Kyoto, learning and absorbing an oriental approach to the art of pottery-making that mirrored the inspiration of the likes of Bernard Leach in the early part of the twentieth century. In 1979, Edward held his first solo exhibition, in Japan. The success of this show enabled Edward and his young Japanese wife, Shizuko, to set up home and studio in rural Kyoto. Here Edward continued to experiment with his art, continuing in the Japanese tradition which had decades before been the inspiration for the emergence of what became known as British Studio Pottery.
For five years Edward held successful shows in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, but the pull of his native country drew him and Shizuko back to the UK in 1984, setting up home and studio in Cumbria. Continuing to change and perfect his art, a majority of Edward’s work continued to be sold in Japan. Here, the practicality of his pots was celebrated; they were relatively expensive items to be prized but importantly, used. In the UK, his pots were seen as more pieces to collect and be looked at rather than have a practical function; a very different ethos to the Japanese market he was so successful in. Successful UK exhibitions did, however, follow, with notably the V&A purchasing a number of his pieces.
Edward saw value and merit in all his pots, from utilitarian cups and dishes, to the most exquisite platters and boxes. This value place on the usual, the everyday, was no doubt a product of his time in Japan. What can’t be argued is that Edward’s work displays a quality of form and glaze that truly set him apart from many studio potters of his generation, and why his work is highly prized both in the UK and Japan, today.
Edward tragically died in a mountaineering accident in 2006, aged just 52. We are proud to be working with his family in bringing previously unseen work to collectors, old and new.
Born in Orkney, Scotland and now living in East Lothian, Marie studied art at Aberdeen under the celebrated Scottish artist William Burns.
Her work being extensively and successfully exhibited for many years, Marie has shown work with many prestigious galleries and societies, including the Royal Scottish Academy and the Scottish Society of Artists, of which she is a member. The latter having been awarded the Wren & Bell Prize in 1998 and the Frith Gallery Prize the following year.
Harold Hodgkin is considered to be one the most important British painters and printmakers. Born in Hammersmith, London he was evacuated during World War II to New Jersey, US along with his mother and on his return, educated at Eton College. It was from a young age that he decided upon a career in art , subsequently studying at both Camberwell School of Art (1949-50) and Bath Academy of Art (1950-54).
Hodgkin became a prominent figure in British art in the 1970’s and was well recognised for his large sweeping movement, often making his work look spontaneous though it was quite the contrary, often the result of an extensive, well thought through process and laborious efforts. Hodgkin would draw upon intimate and personal memories and instances and use these to create abstract images without the illustrational.
Hodgkin had successful joint and solo exhibitions including the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford 1976, Tate Britain 2006, and Yale Center for British Art 2010. He won the Turner Prize in 1985 and in the same year, represented Britain in the Venice Biennale. He served as a trustee of the Tate, London and National Gallery and was knighted in 1992.
Harold Hodgkin sadly died in 2017 at the age of 84.
Doug produces his works from his in Scotland with wife Hannah McAndrew. Anyone looking at his work will see in it the clear influence of medieval and early English potters, but his form, decoration and glazes are simply stunning. Equally so are the sgraffito jugs Doug produces, which combine the art of the pottery with the art of the illustrator. There are few better potters at work today, anywhere
Helen Tabor was born in Middlesex but has lived in the Scottish Borders with her partner and three children for more than twenty years. She graduated in 1981 from York University, travelled widely to India and Bhutan where she worked within the voluntary sector.
Having gained her post graduate certificate of education in York in 1984, she taught Art, Drama and English, first at Boroughbridge School in North Yorkshire and then at Paro High School in Bhutan.
Pursuing her first and most passionate calling, Helen has developed as an artist over the past two decades, and has exhibited widely in public and commercial galleries. Her skill as both a land and sea-scape artist is widely recognised, most recently winning the Gullane Gallery Award at the Royal Scottish Academy.
A truly gifted artist, Helen's paintings are owned and collected internationally. Her fluid use of texture and colour, combined with a delicate and insightful interpretation of the world around her has justifiably led to both public and critical acclaim.
Based in Galloway, Scotland, Hannah produces pottery that is often a fusion of the domestic and the artistic. Continuing with a tradition of slipware within the British Isles that has lasted centuries, she is passionate about the creation of pottery that uses slipware decoration, often with sgraffito designs influenced by the eighteenth century potters of Staffordshire and Devon. Hannah’s work has been widely exhibited, most recently in Japan.
A truly emerging talent within the contemporary art scene, Malcolm came to painting through an unusual route.
Originaly from Newcastle, raised in Leeds, now living and working in Cheshire, after studying photography at art college, Malcolm went on to work within Fleet Street, rising towards the top of his profession and winning the Press Photographer of the Year award in 1997. However, this career was cut short following a serious cycling accident.
During his recuperation, approximately a decade ago, he began to paint; it was a way of working with art and imagery, but without the physical demands of being a press photographer. But those early experiments were to lead to an almost obsessive compulsion to paint; it's what consumes his days.
His very individual style is derived from the observation and love of stained glass windows; the solid black outline and application of bold colour are clearly reminiscent. It's this boldness and confidence that sets his work apart and makes it instantly recognisable.
Malcolm's paintings have found tremendous success over the past ten years, with several sell-out shows to his name in the north of England and most recently, France. Malcolm has also been featured on both BBC TV and Radio coverage, with his work also being shortlisted for the highly prestigious John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize, a real recognition of his talent.
Born in Lancaster in 1967, Chris attended the Storey Institute, Lancaster & Morecambe College, Art and Design, before going on to study at the prestigious Falmouth School of Art.
We first came across Chris' work whilst in Cornwall. Not your typical Cornish tourist painting, but more a northern house, in its semi rural surroundings, at night. It was the use of light, and tone that amazed us, and it's that use of light and tone that stands Chris' work apart from most. Whether used within his more urban scenes, or of rock-faces in the Scottish Highland coasts, Chris displays a true painting talent. Suffice it to say, we were thrilled to discover that Chris lives and works on the Lancashire/Cumbria border!
Chris' work has been widely and successfully exhibited across the UK. Notable exhibitions include the famous Beaux Arts, Bath, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal and The Mall Galleries, London, with over 25 solo and 45 mixed exhibitions under his belt.
We're thrilled to welcome Chris to Castlegate House.
A deserved member of the Royal Academy, Chantel Joffe is one of the most exciting figurative painters at work in Britain today. She has an impressive academic background having graduated in Fine Art from Glasgow Art School (1988-91) and receiving an MA in painting from the Royal College of Art (1992-94). Following this, she was also honoured with the Delfina Studio Trust Award and the Abby Scholarship respectively.
A portrait painter, Chantel paints gesturally with broad brushstrokes, allowing the paint residue to make and leave tracks. Despite the appearance of immediacy each brushstroke is accurate, every colour is carefully considered and each subject thoughtfully chosen. Chantel has an evocative, expressive style and her paintings range from small, intimate observations to menacingly large portraits. Chantel enjoys painting women and finds the female form throughout the various stages in life a fascinating subject to study and whilst with humour and charm most in mind, she also has an eerie quality, painting subjects that peer out of the canvas to those looking at it.
Chantel is captivated by transition and is currently completing a series of self-portraits documenting changes in her own aging features. As well as her family and friends, she takes her inspiration from a variety of modern day influences such as fashion magazines, film and advertising.